Comment 76085

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted April 20, 2012 at 11:24:35 in reply to Comment 76055

This assertion misses the point that if a word has multiple definitions, you can't necessarily separate it's different meanings.

Exactly: you can't control language, which is why censorship and political correctness is such a Sisyphean task.

Expecting everyone to know and respect idiosyncrasies in meaning is not fair (with some 'big no-no' words naturally transcending parochial knowledge and become akin to broader linguistic scapegoats), and neither is getting all huffy over the ignorance of these idiosyncrasies.

Personally, I like to think of myself as psychologically resilient enough to subscribe to a sticks and stones approach.

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